Birth Control, you have options

Birth control can help you prevent pregnancy when you don’t want to have a baby. Male and female condoms can also help protect you and your sex partner from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

If contraceptives are prescribed for birth-control reasons, many generic options will be covered with no out-of-pocket cost to you.

Sometimes doctors prescribe birth control for other issues, such as balancing hormones or acne, which would not be covered at 100 percent by your plan. Talk to your doctor about finding the right option for you.

All FDA-approved methods of birth control are covered including:

  • Barrier methods, like diaphragms, condoms, spermicide and sponges. You can buy these over the counter. To get these covered, get a written prescription from your physician.

  • Hormonal methods, like birth control pills, patches, and vaginal rings

  • Implanted devices, like intrauterine devices (IUDs), Depo-Provera, Implanon and Nexplanon

  • Emergency contraception, like Plan B®. This requires a prescription for coverage. Ask your doctor to write one for you at your annual exam, so you have it if you need.

    • Sterilization procedures, such as tubal ligation or implants.

  • Patient education and counseling with your doctor

If you have any questions about what is covered visit healthcare.gov for coverage or call the number on the back of your card.

Your health plan covers preventive care services as required by state and federal law. For more information, please review the "A" and "B" rated services on the United States Preventive Task Force, immunizations recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and preventive care and screening recommended by the Health Resources and Services Administration. See the list on healthcare.gov.